eye-rolling

noun
eye-roll·​ing | \ ˈī-ˌrō-liŋ How to pronounce eye-rolling (audio) \
variants: or less commonly eye rolling

Definition of eye-rolling

: the action or gesture of turning the eyes upward as an expression of annoyance, exasperation, disbelief, etc. : the rolling of the eyes Other news anchors read the news. Wilson instructed you. He gave you the impression he had some things to tell you, and you'd be wise to sit up, pipe down and pay attention. And, if it was one of those stories that piqued his ever-vigilant sense of outrage, there was likely to be eye-rolling, deep sighs, and even some head-shaking at the ridiculousness of it all.— C. W. Nevius We are out for lunch, waiting patiently for our food. We are probably discussing something important … Either way, when the food hits the table, I will shush you, I will move my plate to the part of the restaurant with the most natural light, and I will take a picture. No amount of eye rolling will make me feel remorse. You think I am a monster. You are wrong.— Josh Scherer

First Known Use of eye-rolling

1837, in the meaning defined above

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